Work and Health in Denmark

Work and Health in Denmark, this is a lesson that perhaps every one of us has to keep in mind. If we want to live longer and be more efficient at work, then we should not force ourselves to work if we feel sick. The more you try to work when your body is feeling weak, the more you will be going to get sick and the longer it will take for you to recover.

Don’t Work If You Feel Sick

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Danish researchers from the Herning Hospital of Denmark recently found that employees who reported to work even though they were sick were more likely to take a sick leave longer than they should. In the group’s study of nearly 12,000 men, those who were likely to continue working despite being ill are men who stay away from home life, had senior jobs or heavy workloads. The research found that these people were also the ones who were likely to take a longer term sick leave of two weeks and who actually need a two months break from work.

During the study, the male respondents were asked the frequency of their reporting to work while feeling sick in the previous year. The volunteers were then further monitored for the next 18 months taking into account their absences due to sickness.

With their findings, the Danish researchers pointed out the ill effects of being a workaholic. They warned that if workers don’t take time off from their jobs, they could more likely end up with health problems going forward. But if they file for short sick leaves to give their bodies the chance to recover from any illness they may be experiencing, then they will surely cope with the stress that their demanding jobs bring and recharge themselves while on a short break.

Many of us are guilty of this. Sometimes, we’re so engrossed with work that we forget to take care of our health. We are so focused on earning money that we forget to give time for ourselves to relax and unwind. It’s all right to be working hard for the money but when it comes to our health, prevention is always better than cure.

Work and Health in Denmark : Region Nordjyland Approves Naps for Workers

What government do about work and health in Denmark ? It’s great to know that there are government officials who can be very considerate of other people. I’m referring to officials in northern Jutland who have given health workers on night shifts a good incentive. The effort aims to improve the workers’ health, the service they provide to patients and the patients’ safety.

Health workers on night duty are now allowed to take naps while on the job. Employees working on night shifts in hospitals and institutions can take a short nap of 15 to 20 minutes in a darkened room. This incentive makes the Region North Jutland the first region in Denmark to allow this.

A work environment consultant in the region expressed approval over this development. Inge Bolet pointed out that a nap can recharge the workers and can prevent the occurrence of errors and accidents during their work.

Nurse Bente Pedersen also revealed that workplaces that have began implementing the same rule of power napping reported that their workers drive more safely in going home after a nightshift. Region North Jutland has an estimated 800 employees who work over 300 hours each year on night duty specifically between 10 in the evening and 5 a.m.

Earlier, the Danish government started paying compensation to female workers on night duty who had suffered breast cancer. The payment system is the first in the world to recognize a connection between working nightshift and developing breast cancer. This health issue was first reported by the Workers Health and Safety Center. Meanwhile, a 2001 U.S. research that got published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that the risk of developing breast cancer was linked with the length of shift work and the number of hours per week of working during the so-called graveyard shift from nighttime till morning time.

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  1. In the real world of work more than a couple of short sickness absences in a year is a disciplinary offence and could eventually lead yo dismissal.
    How can this be reconciled with the approach advocated above?.

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